The iconic Mount Rushmore displays the faces of four important US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each man made his mark, carving his place in history. Now, the presidents unite once again with the four Who Was...? biographies included in this boxed set, each with eighty black-and-white illustrations, to reveal the stories of these monumental leaders.
As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical. As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on. As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly, and to soar higher!
Known as the keepers of modern-day fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm are as legendary as their stories. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1780s Germany and were inseparable throughout their childhood. While pursuing their law degrees, the two became fascinated with folktales and folk songs. Together, they researched and published centuries of folklore in their famous early nineteenth-century compilation, Children’s and Household Tales. Thanks to the Brothers Grimm, German folk tales like “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Little Red Ridinghood,” and “Hansel ... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Were the Beatles?PaperbackGeoff Edgers9780448439068$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jan 05, 2006
Almost everyone can sing along with the Beatles, but how many young readers know their whole story? Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard-core Beatles fan, brings the Fab Four to life in this Who Was...? book. Readers will learn about their childhoods in Liverpool, their first forays into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why they broke up. It's all here in an easy-to-read narrative with plenty of black-and-white illustrations!
Series: Who Was?Who Was Woodrow Wilson?PaperbackMargaret Frith9780448484280$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jun 09, 2015
First he was known as Tommy, then Woodrow, and eventually, Mr. President. Born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was a born leader. He was the president of Princeton University, served as governor of New Jersey after that, and was then elected president of the United States. But not everything was so easy for Wilson. He was ahead of his time in wanting a League of Nations after World War I to help prevent another war like it, but his hopes were dashed when the United States refused to join. Margaret Frith offers... + Read More
Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician's extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of music... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Winston Churchill?PaperbackEllen Labrecque9780448483009$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Apr 21, 2015
Born into aristocracy, Churchill cut his teeth as a young army officer in British India, the Sudan, and the Second Boer War. He rose in the ranks to First Lord of the Admiralty and was a staunch opponent of the encroaching German Nazis. Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have won the Nobel Prize in Literat... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was William Shakespeare?PaperbackCeleste Mannis9780448439044$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 28, 2006
The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world's most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater, Celeste Davidson Mannis puts together the pieces of Shakespeare's life and work for young readers.
Series: ¿Quién fue?¿Quién fue Walt Disney?PaperbackWhitney Stewart9780448458762$10.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Aug 16, 2012
Walt Disney siempre le encantaba entretener a la gente. A menudo se metía en problemas.. Una vez pintó cuadros con alquitrán en el lado de la casa blanca de su familia. Su familia era pobre, y el tiempo más feliz de su infancia transcurrió en una granja en Missouri. Su afecto por la vida pueblerina se refleja en los Calles Principales de Disneyland. Con ilustraciones en blanco y negro, esta biografía revela el hombre detrás de la magia.Este libro no tiene autorización, licencia o aprobación de la Walt Disney Company o de cualquier afiliado.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Walt Disney?PaperbackWhitney Stewart9780448450520$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Apr 16, 2009
Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pictures with tar on the side of his family’s white house. His family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small-town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic.This book is not authorized, licensed or endorsed by the Walt Disney Company or any affiliate.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?PaperbackMegan Stine9780448478944$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jun 26, 2014
Ulysses S. Grant certainly does not have the typical war hero “back story.” Although a graduate of West Point, he never wanted to be a soldier and was terrified when he first saw battle. However, during the Civil War, after many Northern generals failed to deliver decisive victories, U.S. Grant rose to what the times required. He took command of Union forces, helped bring the war to an end in 1865, and went on to serve two terms as president.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Thomas Jefferson?PaperbackDennis Brindell Fradin9780448431451$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 28, 2003
Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly the most troubling aspect of his life-a slave owner. Finally, here's a biography for kids that unveils the many facets of this founding father's remarkable and complicated life.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?PaperbackMargaret Frith9780448437651$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2005
One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?PaperbackMichael Burgan9780448479453$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12May 01, 2014
He was only 42 years old when he was sworn in as President of the United States in 1901, making TR the youngest president ever. But did you know that he was also the first sitting president to win the Nobel Peace Prize? The first to ride in a car? The first to fly in an airplane? Theodore Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, hunter, explorer, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Find out more about The Bull Moose, the Progressive, the Rough Rider, the Trust Buster, and the Great Hunter ... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Susan B. Anthony?PaperbackPam Pollack9780448479637$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 30, 2014
Susan B. Anthony may be an international icon but her campaign for women’s rights had personal roots. Working as a school teacher in New York, Anthony refused to settle for less pay than her male colleagues which ignited her lifelong devotion to women’s equality. Anthony toured the United States and Europe giving speeches and publishing articles as one of the most important advocates of women’s rights. Learn more about the woman behind the movement in Who Was Susan B. Anthony?
Series: ¿Quién fue?¿Quién fue Steve Jobs?PaperbackPam Pollack9780448462660$10.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Aug 16, 2012
Steve Jobs, adoptado en la infancia por una familia en San Francisco, tuvo una vida llena de experiencia en solo cincuenta y seis cortos años. En este ¿Quién fue ... ? biografía , los niños aprenderán cómo su obsesión con las computadoras y la tecnología a una edad temprana lo llevó a co-fundar y dirigir Apple, además de convertir Pixar en un estudio de animación de vanguardia . Jobs dejó la universidad antes de graduarse y tomó medidas no convencionales en su camino hacia el éxito, pero inspiró a los mejores y los más brillantes que fuera con ... + Read More
Series: Who Was...?Who Was Steve Jobs?HardcoverMeg Belviso9780448479408$16.00JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Mar 29, 2012
Steve Jobs, adopted in infancy by a family in San Francisco, packed a lot of life into fifty-six short years. In this Who Was…? biography, children will learn how his obsession with computers and technology at an early age led him to co-found and run Apple, in addition to turning Pixar into a ground-breaking animation studio. A college dropout, Jobs took unconventional steps in his path to success and inspired the best and the brightest to come with him and “change the world.”
Series: Who Was?Who Was Steve Irwin?PaperbackDina Anastasio9780448488387$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12May 19, 2015
By popular demand, the 100th Who Was...? subject is Steve Irwin!Steve Irwin did not have a typical childhood. Born in Melbourne, Australia, on February 22, 1962, he was raised on the wildlife park his parents owned. He cared for the animals and especially loved reptiles--he got a python for his sixth birthday! At nine years old, Steve was already helping his father wrestle small crocodiles. He became a crocodile trapper after graduating high school, catching the creatures before dangerous poachers could. Steve met his wife, Terri, at his family... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Sojourner Truth?PaperbackYona Zeldis McDonough9780448486789$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2015
A slave, an abolitionist, and an early advocate of women’s rights, Sojourner Truth is a worthy addition to the Who Was…? series.Almost 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, Sojourner Truth was mistreated by a streetcar conductor. She took him to court—and won! Before she was Sojourner Truth, she was known simply as Belle. Born a slave in New York sometime around 1797, she was later sold and separated from her family. Even after she escaped from slavery, she knew her work was not yet done. She changed her name and traveled... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Sitting Bull?PaperbackStephanie Spinner9780448479651$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 26, 2014
No one knew the boy they called “Jumping Badger” would grow to become a great leader. Born on the banks of the Yellowstone River, Sitting Bull, as he was later called, was tribal chief and holy man of the Lakota Sioux tribe in a time of fierce conflict with the United States. As the government seized Native American lands, Sitting Bull relied on his military cunning and strong spirituality to drive forces out of his territory and ensure a future homeland for his people.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Seabiscuit?PaperbackJames Buckley Jr.9780448483092$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 20, 2015
In the middle of the worst depression in U.S. history, one young racehorse lifted a nation's spirits. Seabiscuit was born in 1933 on a farm in Kentucky. Though bred for racing, he was weak and undersized. He slept too long and ate too much. Against the odds, he began to win local races. He was given a new coach who trained him to race in larger circuits. Soon enough, this scrappy horse began beating the best racehorses in the country. He became a media darling and won national competitions. In 1938 he was voted U.S. Horse of the Year. Seabiscui... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Sally Ride?PaperbackMegan Stine9780448466873$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12May 16, 2013
In 1978, Sally Ride, a PhD candidate at Standford University, responded to a newspaper ad to join the US astronaut program. She was accepted and became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space! Among her other accomplishments, she played tennis like a professional, was an astrophysicist who helped develop a robotic arm for space shuttles, and later, through Sally Ride Science, worked to make science cool and accessible for girls. Sally Ride, who died on July 23, 2012, will continue to inspire young children.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Sacagawea?PaperbackJudith Bloom Fradin9780448424859$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Feb 18, 2002
Sacagawea was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history, traveling 4500 miles by foot, canoe, and horse-all while carrying a baby on her back! Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition might have failed. Through this engaging book, kids will understand the reasons that today, 200 years later, she is still remembered and immortalized on a golden dollar coin.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Rosa Parks?PaperbackYona Zeldis McDonough9780448454429$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 23, 2010
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” This biography has black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Ronald Reagan?PaperbackJoyce Milton9780448433448$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2004
From his childhood in rural Illinois to moviemaking days in Hollywood and on to a career in politics that took him all the way to the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan kept an abiding faith in America and in what our country stood for. The oldest president ever, he survived a near-fatal assassination attempt and lived to be 93. Who Was Ronald Reagan? covers his life and times in a balanced, entertaining way for children. More than 100 black-and-white illustrations fill out the portrait of our fortieth president.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Roberto Clemente?PaperbackJames Buckley Jr.9780448479613$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 25, 2014
Growing up the youngest of seven children in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente had a talent for baseball. His incredible skill soon got him drafted into the big leagues where he spent 18 seasons playing right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who Was Roberto Clemente? tells the story of this remarkable athlete: a twelve-time All-Star, World Series MVP, and the first Latin American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Robert Ripley?PaperbackKirsten Anderson9780448482989$6.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Feb 05, 2015
Enter a world of shrunken heads, mystic holy men, shriveled aliens, and bizarre relics in the delightfully odd tale of Robert Ripley. Born in California, Ripley began his career as a sports cartoonist. He went on to chronicle global records and oddities in his weekly column, Believe It Or Not! After publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst took an interest in the column, it became a syndicated global success. Ripley spent his life traveling to more than 200 countries in search of strange objects and interesting facts. His penchant for the pecul... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Robert E. Lee?PaperbackBonnie Bader9780448479095$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jun 26, 2014
Robert E. Lee seemed destined for greatness. His father was a Revolutionary War hero and at West Point he graduated second in his class! In 1861, when the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was offered the opportunity to command the Union forces. However, even though he was against the war, his loyalty to his home state of Virginia wouldn’t let him fight for the North. Despite the South’s ultimate defeat, General Robert E. Lee remains one of the United States’ true military heroes.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Roald Dahl?PaperbackTrue Kelley9780448461465$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Aug 30, 2012
Just in time for Roahl Dahl Month! Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children’s book authors ever. Now in this Who Was…? biography, children will learn of his real-life adventures. A flying ace for the British Air Force, he was married to an Academy Award-winning actress. He also wrote books and screenplays for adults. Entertaining and readable, this biography has 80 black-and-white illustrations.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Rachel Carson?PaperbackSarah Fabiny9780448479590$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 30, 2014
Though she grew up in rural Pennsylvania, Rachel Carson dreamed of the sea. In 1936 she began work with the Bureau of Fisheries and soon after published Under the Sea Wind, her first of many nature books. Her 1962 bestseller, Silent Spring, sent shockwaves through the country and warned of the dangers of DDT and other pesticides. A pioneering environmentalist, Rachel Carson helped awaken the global consciousness for conservation and preservation.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Queen Victoria?PaperbackJim Gigliotti9780448481821$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 10, 2014
Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian Era, a period of industrial, cultural, scientific, and political change that was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. But Victoria was raised under close supervision and near isolation until she became Queen of the United Kingdom at the young age of 18. By the time she had earned the nickname “The Grandmother of Europe” it was indeed true that the sun never set on the British Empire.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Queen Elizabeth?PaperbackJune Eding9780448448398$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 03, 2008
Our bestselling series is fit for a queen! The life of Queen Elizabeth I was dramatic and dangerous: cast out of her father?s court at the age of three and imprisoned at nineteen, Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1558, when she was only twenty-five. A tough, intelligent woman who spoke five languages, Elizabeth ruled for over forty years and led England through one of its most prosperous periods in history. Over 80 illustrations bring ?Gloriana? and her court to life.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Paul Revere?PaperbackRoberta Edwards9780448457154$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 01, 2011
In 1775, Paul Revere of Boston made his now-famous horseback ride warning colonists of an impending attack by the British. This event went largely unnoticed in history until Longfellow celebrated it in a poem in 1861. So who was Paul Revere? In addition to being an American patriot, he was a skilled silversmith and made false teeth from hippo tusks! This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings to life Paul Revere's thrilling ride as well as the personal side of the man and the exciting times in which he lived.
Series: ¿Quién fue?¿Quién fue Pablo Picasso?PaperbackTrue Kelley9780448461755$10.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 06, 2012
Now in Spanish: the story of Pablo Picasso's brilliant life! Over a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating them into art. Young readers now have a Spanish translation of this entertaining, highly readable biography, with more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Pablo Picasso?PaperbackTrue Kelley9780448449876$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 29, 2009
Over a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating it into art. A restless genius, he went through a blue period, a rose period, and a Cubist phase. He made collages, sculptures out of everyday objects, and beautiful ceramic plates. True Kelley’s engaging biography is a wonderful introduction to modern art.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Nelson Mandela?PaperbackPam Pollack9780448479330$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jan 09, 2014
As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country’s first black president and went on to live his dream of change. This is an important and exciting addition to the Who Was…? series.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Neil Armstrong?PaperbackRoberta Edwards9780448449074$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 02, 2008
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a “giant leap for mankind.” This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut. Over 80 black-and-white illustrations bring Armstrong’s story to life.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Mother Teresa?PaperbackJim Gigliotti9780448482996$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12May 05, 2015
Born a humble girl in what is now Albania, Agnes Bojaxhiu lived a charitable life. She pledged herself to a religious order at the age of 18 and chose the name Sister Teresa, after the patron saint of missionaries. While teaching in India, where famine and violence had devastated the poor, Teresa shed her habit and walked the streets of Calcutta tending to the needs of the destitute. Her charity work soon expanded internationally, and her name remains synonymous with compassion and devotion to the poor.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Milton Hershey?PaperbackJames Buckley Jr.9780448479361$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 26, 2013
Discover the man behind the chocolate bar! Milton Hershey’s life was filled with invention and innovation. As a young man, he was not afraid to dream big and work hard. Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. He founded a school for those who didn’t have access to a good education and an entire town for his employees. Both his chocolate empire and his great personal legacy live on today.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Michael Jackson?PaperbackMegan Stine9780448484105$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2015
Born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson was definitely not a regular kid. A superstar with The Jackson 5 before he was eight years old, he became the King of Pop as a solo artist. Michael was a creative--yet deeply troubled--genius who always remained devoted to his art right up until his death is 2009 before a much anticipated tour. He had a pitch-perfect voice and footwork that his idol Fred Astaire admired. Who will ever forget the Moonwalk? Kids today who only know Jackson through video performances are nevertheless fasci... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Maurice Sendak?PaperbackJanet B. Pascal9780448465005$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jun 27, 2013
It seems entirely fitting that Maurice Sendak was born on the same day that Mickey Mouse first made his cartoon debut--June 10, 1928. Sendak was crazy about cartoons and comic books, and at twelve, after seeing Disney's Fantasia, he decided that he was going to become an illustrator. His love of childrens books began early: often sick and confined to bed, little Maurice read and read and read. Though many of his own stories were light and funny, the most important ones--Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There--dealt ... + Read More
The famous civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death - from an assassin's bullet - in 1968. This tumultuous time in history comes to life in over 100 black-and-white illustrations that celebrate of this remarkable man.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death?from an assassin?s bullet?in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrat... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Mark Twain?PaperbackApril Jones Prince9780448433196$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12May 24, 2004
A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Marie Curie?PaperbackMegan Stine9780448478968$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Aug 07, 2014
Why a bio of Marie Curie? It’s elementary—she discovered two elements, won a Nobel Prize, and is the world’s most famous female scientist!Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903. (Later Marie... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Marie Antoinette?PaperbackDana Meachen Rau9780448483108$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 06, 2015
Marie Antoinette: spoiled brat or scapegoat? Who Was Marie Antoinette? reveals the history behind the histrionics.From the palaces of Austria to the mirrored halls of Versailles, Marie Antoinette led a charmed life. She was born into royalty in 1755 and married the future king of France at age 15. By 21 she ascended to the throne and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle of masquerade balls, sky-high wigs, and extravagant food. But her taste for excess ruffled many feathers. The poor people of France blamed Marie Antoinette for their poverty. Her spending... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Maria Tallchief?PaperbackCatherine Gourley9780448426754$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 22, 2002
Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma. With the support of her family and world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine, she rose to the top of her art form to become America’s first prima ballerina. Black-and-white illustrations provide visual sidebars to the history of ballet while taking readers through the life of this amazing dancer.
Series: ¿Quién fue?¿Quién fue Marco Polo?PaperbackJoan Holub9780448461748$10.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 06, 2012
The story of Marco Polo's famous adventures now in Spanish! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about? Young readers are presented with the facts in this entertaining, highly readable Quien fue . . . ? biography. Over one hundred black-and-white illustrations bring Marco Polo's story to life.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Marco Polo?PaperbackJoan Holub9780448445403$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 05, 2007
Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China . . . and forty-one when he came back! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about . . . or was it all made-up? Young readers are presented with the facts in this entertaining, highly readable Who Was . . . ? biography with black-and-white artwork by John O?Brien.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Louis Braille?PaperbackMargaret Frith9780448479033$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Mar 13, 2014
Louis Braille certainly wasn't your average teenager. Blind from the age of four, he was only fifteen when in 1824 he invented a reading system that converted printed words into columns of raised dots. Through touch, Braille opened the world of books to the sightless, and almost two hundred years later, no one has ever improved upon his simple, brilliant idea.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Louis Armstrong?PaperbackYona Zeldis McDonough9780448433684$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2004
If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs? Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong?s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?PaperbackRoberta Edwards9780448443010$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 08, 2005
Leonardo da Vinci was a gifted painter, talented musician, and dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines, submarines, and even helicopters. Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to. Only thirteen paintings are known to be his; as for the illustrated encyclopedia he intended to create, all that he left were thousands of disorganized notebook pages. Here is an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time—Italy during the Renaissance.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?PaperbackPatricia Brennan Demuth9780448467061$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 26, 2013
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, based on her own childhood and later life, are still beloved classics almost a century after she began writing them. Now young readers will see just how similar Laura's true-life story was to her books. Born in 1867 in the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin, Laura experienced both the hardship and the adventure of living on the frontier. Her life and times are captured in engaging text and 80 black-and-white illustrations.
Series: Who Was?Who Was King Tut?PaperbackRoberta Edwards9780448443607$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Mar 02, 2006
Ever since Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the young pharaoh has become a symbol of the wealth and mystery of ancient Egypt. Now, a two-and-a-half-year-long museum exhibit of Tut’s treasures is touring major cities in the U.S., drawing record crowds. This Who Was . . . ? is complete with 100 black-andwhite illustrations and explains the life and times of this ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb’s discovery, as well as myths and so-called mummy curses.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Julius Caesar?PaperbackNico Medina9780448480831$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 30, 2014
He came. He saw. He conquered. Julius Caesar was a force to be reckoned with as a savvy politician, an impressive orator, and a brave soldier. Born in Rome in 100 BC, he quickly climbed the ladder of Roman politics, making allies—and enemies—along the way. His victories in battle awarded him the support of the people, but flush with power, he named himself dictator for life. The good times, however, would not last much longer. On the Ides of March, Caesar was brutally assassinated by a group of senators determined to end his tyranny, bringing h... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Julia Child?PaperbackGeoff Edgers9780448482972$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Oct 06, 2015
Born in California in 1912, Julia Child enlisted in the Army and met her future husband, Paul, during World War II. She discovered her love of French food while stationed in Paris and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu cooking school after her service. Child knew that Americans would love French food as much as she did, so she wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961. The book was a success and the public wanted more. America fell in love with Julia Child. Her TV show, The French Chef, premiered in 1963 and brought the bubbling and lovable che... + Read More
Series: Who Was?Who Was Johnny Appleseed?PaperbackJoan Holub9780448439686$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 08, 2005
The perfect biography to "bite into" at the start of a new school year! Children are sure to be fascinated by the eccentric and legendary Johnny Appleseed, a man who is best known for bringing apple trees to the midwest. Over John Chapman’s lifetime, he saw the country grow and start to spread westward. Traveling alone— in bare feet and sporting a pot on his head!—Johnny left his own special mark planting orchards that helped nourish new communities. His journeys and adventures are illustrated in a hundred black-and-white illustrations.
Series: Who Was?Who Was John F. Kennedy?PaperbackYona Zeldis McDonough9780448437439$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Dec 29, 2004
The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought-and won-his first battle at the age of two-and-a-half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation’s youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was…? series. Included are 100 black-and-white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful period in history.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Jim Henson?PaperbackJoan Holub9780448454061$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Jul 08, 2010
Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson’s untimely death.
Series: Who Was?Who Was Jesus?PaperbackEllen Morgan9780448483207$7.99JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Feb 05, 2015
This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated with eighty black-and-white drawings—also explains the early origins of Christianity and how it became a major religion.